Category Archives: Columns

Food Forum: Cope is not a strategy

Recent compliance requirements highlight the need for retailers to implement efficient and effective systems for managing vendor data. By Nick Parnaby When sales, profits … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Dethroning the lunch lady

When the ingredients in school lunches are the same as those in pet food, there is a problem. Will retailers seize the opportunity to … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Columns

Digging deep

There is a lot going on in the nonfoods world, even if we have to look a little harder to find the news. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Shades of green

By increasing the number of green brands in mainstream aisles retailers can win over more “light green” shoppers. By James D’Agosta Picture a refrigerated … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Getting the message

Consumers are wired and that means they know everything in an instant. Can retailers take advantage of this trend? By Seth Mendelson Facebook and … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfood Talk: A new soapbox?

A fledgling e-commerce site is eyeing the health and beauty care category. Traditional retailers need to pay attention and initiate some strategies to fight … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Pause before you cause

Companies can do the most good by choosing a cause that fits the corporate culture and supporting it in a big way. By Jyoti … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: An eye to the future

Healthier foods will be a growing presence on grocery shoppers’ lists. By Tom Weir It seems not a day goes by without at least … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Changing channels

P&G doesn’t think every sale has to go through a retailer. Likewise, retailers shouldn’t feel obligated to carry every product in every size. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Getting into plastic

Credit card transaction fees may be headed down for retailers, thanks to a federal bill now making its way through Congress. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: More than lip service

The good news is that grocers are giving the “customer experience” some serious attention. But what’s the best approach? By Lew Lewis If you’re … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: The firing line

Some GM/HBC suppliers are eager to say that they do not target supermarkets as much as other retail outlets. I think they are missing … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Forum: The future of pharmacy

Today’s pharmacist is the face of neighborhood health care, highlighting the importance of training and professional development. By Steven C. Anderson The pharmacist is … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

The value of education

Training teaches staffers how to handle the tasks of today, but education prepares them for the challenges of tomorrow. By Dr. John L. Stanton … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Columns, Upfront

Nonfoods Talk: Open communication

A simple coupon may have changed the way one consumer shops for HBC items. Retailers take note. I certainly did. By Seth Mendelson I … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: Staying on track

While readers may not recognize the name Fred Harvey, there is much to learn about customer service from this operator of restaurants at railroad … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Forum: An advocate’s perspective

As the 40th annual General Merchandise Marketing Conference gets underway, some of the challenges facing nonfoods remain the same. How will the industry respond? … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Fresh Food Forum: Balancing the apple cart

Is there a risk to offering too many varieties of apples? By Kevin Precht How many new apple varieties do we need? Everyone up … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns, Focus on Fresh

Future Forces: Defining moment

Will the industry tell its story of change, or will it let others be the voice of the future of food? By Patrick Kiernan … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Making things happen

Moving from “think” to “feel” to “do.” By George Latella Shopper marketing has been a hot topic in our business for a few years. … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Offering choice

While consumers are concerned about their health, they don’t want to sacrifice variety, taste or convenience. How can retailers capitalize on this trend? By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Earth friendly and profitable

Recycling stations can attract customers, inspire loyalty and boost the bottom line. By Warren Stoll Retailers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers are always … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Handling slip-and-fall cases

Grocers need to rethink their approach as the law shifts in slip-and-fall lawsuits. By Michael Maniscalco, Esq. It’s a scenario that plays out in … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: What’s next for private label?

Will private label products continue to sustain their growth once the economy rebounds? The answer will depend on the retailer, the category and household … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Breaking the meeting addiction

How much does it cost to bring everyone together? There’s app for that. By Len Lewis So, you’re sitting at another meeting and the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Columns